Alumni Spotlight: Rising Stars of Engineering

January 4, 2020 | By Kathrin Havrilla-Sanchez, College of Engineering Magazine

Two graduates of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering were featuredin the "Rising Stars of Engineering" section of the most recent edition of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering's Helluva Engineer magazine. Here are their stories.


Kotlyar to Work With BWXT on Nuclear Propulsion for Deep Space Travel

Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) is a potential technology for future crewed missions to Mars due to its high thrust, and high specific impulse. This technology is expected to enable reduced interplanetary travel times, which could increase the crew's safety by reducing exposure to cosmic radiation and other hazards of deep space travel. BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) is working with NASA to develop critical reactor fuel technologies and mature the design of a low-enriched uranium engine.

Rahnema Named Editor of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Farzad Rahnema, Georgia Power Company Distinguished Professor and the director of the Computational Reactor and Medical Physics Laboratory in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed editor-designate of the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear Science and Engineering journal. Rahnema, an ANS Fellow and member since 1989, was named editor-designate on September 8 by ANS President Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, and he will begin his duties on October 1.

Georgia Tech to Participate in $30.5 Million Research Collaboration

The Georgia Institute of Technology will be one of four schools participating in the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Research Alliance- NEXTRA-which is being led by Abilene Christian University and Natura Resources LLC. The conosortium's goal is to "design, license and commission the first university-based molten salt research reactor, which ACU will host and own."

Q&A with New Associate Professor Tianye Niu

Associate professor Tianye Niu joined the Woodruff School this fall and is still getting settled in as he adjusts to life on campus in the heart of Atlanta. In this Q&A he talks about his path to Atlanta, the motivations behind his research, and what drew him to Georgia Tech.

Where are you from and how did you end up at Georgia Tech?

Steven Biegalski Talks to GPB About Plant Vogtle

On May 17 program chair Steven Biegalski talked to GPB's On Second Thought radio program to talk about the challenges faced in the construction of the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant south of Augusta, Georgia. 

Woodruff School Students Earn Year-End Honors

With the academic year approaching its end, many outstanding Georgia Tech students were at the Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium & Awards and the annual Students Honors Celebration, held on April 16. Congratulations to the following Woodruff School students who were recognized for their achievements:

Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium & Awards, Sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award

Volleyball Player, NRE Major Coral Kazaroff Featured by GT Athletics


They haven’t come from all that far away, really, at least as a crow or rocket might fly, but Coral Kazaroff and Malik Rivera are on The Flats having taken roads so rarely if ever traveled to become student-athletes that they might as well have come from different solar systems.
And they’re perhaps ultimate examples of what sets apart Georgia Tech athletics.

Utschig Receives Curriculum Innovation Award

Georgia Tech cultivates, recognizes, and rewards great teaching to promote better learning.

Varian Medical Systems to Expand Operations in Atlanta

Varian to create a new East Coast hub that will consolidate the company's current Atlanta-based operations and provide space for adding up to 100 jobs

Woodruff School Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Recently, we caught up with Woodruff School alumnus, Mickey Wade (MSNE ’87, PhDNE ’91), and asked him some questions to learn about his current whereabouts.

Company Founded by Tim Fox, Alumnus and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Acquired by Varian

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Velocity Medical Solutions, LLC to acquire certain assets of Velocity, a privately-held Atlanta-based developer of specialized software for cancer clinics. c

Hertel to Join ORNL

Dr. Nolan Hertel has accepted a Joint Faculty Appointment in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

NRE Undergrads Take Course at ORNL

NRE 4803 Nuclear Safeguards students visit the Oak Ridge National Laboratory during Spring Break 2013.

4 NRE Students Receive Financial Support to Pursue Degree

The Energy Department awarded nearly $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students across the country pursuing nuclear engineering and science degrees, four of these students are at Georgia Tech.

ARES Security Appoints Woodruff Alumns as President

ARES Security Corporation, an enterprise security risk management solutions company, has named Ben Eazzetta (BSNE '96, MSME '97) as its President.

NRC Names NRE Alumnus as Resident Inspector at Wolf Creek

The NRC has selected Charles Peabody, BSNRE '04, as the senior resident inspector at the Wolf Creek nuclear plant in Burlington, Kansas.

Founding Director of Nuclear Engineering Passes

Dr. Bill Harrison III, founding Director of Nuclear Engineering, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

Alumnus Appointed Nuclear Safety Attaché

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named Dr. Cynthia G. Jones to a term as the agency’s new Nuclear Safety Attaché at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria.

2012 SunShot Concentrator Solar Power R&D Awards

The DOE has announced the winners of the SunShot Concentrator Solar Power (CSP) Research and Development Awards for 2012.

Vice Provost Ray Vito to Retire

Following 37 years of service to Georgia Tech as a professor, researcher, administrator and advocate, Ray Vito has announced his intention to retire at the end of May.

Drs. Rousseau and Wepfer Honored for Leadership in Diversity

School Chairs Ronald Rousseau and William Wepfer received 2012 Georgia Tech College of Engineering ADVANCE Leadership Awards in recognition of their commitment to the values of equity, diversity, excellence, and advancement of faculty.

Georgia Tech Receives $3.1M for Nuclear Energy Research

Georgia Tech has been awarded $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for research and scholarships focused on nuclear energy. The Obama Administration handed out a total of $47 million to 46 schools across the country on May 8.

NRE: Winning Major during GT Engineers Week

The winning major of the inaugural competition during National Engineers Week, organized by the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, was the nuclear and radiological engineering program from the George W. Woodruff School.

Alumnus Elevated to ASHRAE Fellow

Alumnus Constantinos Balaras, MSME '85 and Ph.D. '88, Elevated to ASHRAE Fellow

View ASHRAE website.